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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
its something thats on the news all the time over here, he was behind the bombing over the scottish town of Lockerbie and was jailed for 27 years and now has incurable cancer now and is requesting he be allowed to be allowed home to spend his remaining time with his family.

why should he be allowed to when he tore so many families apart he killed 270 people.

the scottish goverment has had 7 US senetors write to them to pleed for him to not be released early so lets hope they listen

link to what happened http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103
post #2 of 13
Can his family visit him? If so, they can just go through security to see him, if they so desperately want to spend time with him in his final days.
post #3 of 13
I remember that tragic day like it was yesterday

Personally no he shouldn't be allowed home. Let him die in prison, because he showed no remorse to the innocent passengers and crew, not to mention their family!

Subjects like this really chew me up. I just caught the tail end of it on the news as i walked into the livingroom last night, so i didn't know it was about him being freed
post #4 of 13
Lockerbie bomber's appeal dropped
By dropping his appeal, Megrahi has removed one potential obstacle to his transfer to a jail in his homeland.
At least some of the victims' relatives appear willing to have him released or transferred to a Libyan jail.
The Reverend John Mosey, who lost his daughter in the bombing, described it as a "very sad day for Scottish justice".

"My feeling is that I would be happier if he was going home after the hearing of his appeal, either as an innocent man or as a guilty man," he said.

"Either way, my personal feeling is 85% that he is an innocent man - of this crime anyway - having sat through the whole of the trial in Holland."
Lockerbie bomber 'to be released'
But Pamela Dix, from UK Families Flight 103, said there had been a "lack of justice" for the victims, which included her brother Peter.

She told BBC Two's Newsnight she was "baffled" by much of the evidence in the trial that led to Megrahi's conviction in 2001.

'Just a tool'

And Martin Cadman, who lost his son in the bombing, said he believed Mergrahi was an innocent man who had acted with others.

He said: "As far as I know the Scottish authorities and no-one else has done anything to try and find who these others were that were supposed to be implicated, so the whole thing is really very unsatisfactory".

Bob Monetti, a past president of the organisation Victims of Flight 103, lost his 20-year-old son Richard in the bombing.

He told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "We understand that Megrahi was just a tool in this. He wasn't really the person that decided what to do.
"We would really rather see Gadaffi in jail.
post #5 of 13
He's been released, and is already back in Libya.
Lockerbie bomber freed from jail

Lockerbie bomber arrives in Libya

The Libyan man jailed in Scotland for blowing up a US airliner over Lockerbie in 1988, has arrived back in Libya after being set free.
The Scottish government released Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who is 57 and has terminal cancer, on compassionate grounds.

The Scottish government said it had consulted widely before Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill made his decision on applications for Megrahi's compassionate release or his transfer to a Libyan jail.
Mr MacAskill told a news conference that he had rejected the application for a prisoner transfer.
However, after taking medical advice it was expected that three months was a "reasonable estimate" of the time Megrahi had left to live.
post #6 of 13
I've heard relatives of victims on both sides of the argument, one who was very much opposed to his release, another who agrees with the Scottish government to be compassionate.

They both agree that he was a pawn and certainly not the key figure who was responsible for the terrorist act. They both agreed that Libya/the Libyan government held a great role in the plot, but would never be convicted or even proven in a court. That's pretty much where the agreements ended. The woman who wanted to be compassionate I heard this morning, before he was released. The man who was against the release was this afternoon, after he had been flown to Libya on Khadafi's private jet and given a hero's welcome home. He said the whole thing felt like a slap in the face, as did watching our Presidents of both parties talk politely with Khadafi, shake hands with him, praise him for disarming, and not make one move toward stopping his release prior to it happening.

I do not think he should have been released. Even if he only had a small part in the overall responsibility of the crime, he was still convicted. I realize "Life" sentences have different meanings in different states, let alone in different countries. But to me, Life in Prison means exactly that - you stay there until they bring you out in a coffin. Whether that is 8-9 years because of cancer (karma's a real bitch, isn't she?) or 35+ years, the point of release is the same. I do not think that serving less than 8 years for the deaths of 270 people and then going home to a hero's welcome and being honored for the rest of your life, even if it's short, is anywhere near justice.

I don't have compassion for him. None. Guess I'm just a heartless conservative. Don't care. He should have died in prison.
post #7 of 13
I volunteer to put him out of his misery.
post #8 of 13
I get why they let him out...but what I don't see is why his country gave him a hero's welcome?? Does that mean that Libya openly supports bombers?? I am not surprised if they do, it's Libya..However I am surprised that they don't care about diplomatic foreign relations that much to publicly give this guy a hero's welcome so the whole world can see..
As far as the release: he won't be doing more harm. That is all that matters to me. I am not upset they let him out.

I do not think that serving less than 8 years for the deaths of 270 people and then going home to a hero's welcome and being honored for the rest of your life, even if it's short, is anywhere near justice.
Even if he did serve 50+ years for 270 people it still isn't justice. Even if he was sentenced to death which is not an option in Scotland, it still wouldn't be justice. Punishment is not justice IMO. It is pointless...
As long as they keep the criminals from doing any more harm, I am happy even if they are under house arrest in mansions.
post #9 of 13
i found it obscene that he got a heros wellcome home. I saw that on CNN. People cheering and flags waving. What? He killed 200 plus people.
post #10 of 13
well I guess it must be because they think he's innocent. I am refusing to believe that they are cheering him for doing this, if they are then I have lost all faith in humanity.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
It was a horrific terroist attack and his country have given him a heros welcome for what he did i think its disgusting that they did that and i dont think the justice system has worked to be honest. Granted he has only got three months to live but he cut short 270 lives, he possibly would of got death sentance in some states of america ( correct me if im wrong) and he wouldnt of been released off death row would he
post #12 of 13
IMO, it doesn't matter in the least that he was released.

He will be facing the ultimate judge shortly, let it go.
post #13 of 13
It really chewed me up seeing him walk on the news.

This country needs to wake itself up with it's laws at times
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